Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Week 4: Nookwezigan

nookwezigan - A medicine for burning to make a smudge

What is smudging and why do we do it you ask?

Well, I'm happy Jason Jones posted on Youtube his gramma Nancy Jones talking about smudging....

The four sacred plants are:
Asemaa - Tobacco
Bashkodejiibik - Sage
Bashkodemashkosiw - Sweet Grass
Giizhik - cedar

(There are many words for these. We used the words in 'Ojibwemowin' by Tom Vollum for all except Giizhik where he uses Giizhikaandagoons.)

Please read, The Four Sacred Medicines for a good explanation of the uses of each.

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